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Skipped that last 2 pages after reading the first. Couldn't be bothered.

OP. You say you don't have a budget, but I can waste all of your money if you really had no budget.

You seem to be heavily into bass and at the same time want great gaming headphones.

My suggestion is you buy 2 separate headphones. 1 for gaming 1 for music.

Problem is, you CAN spend a lot and I have no qualms wasting your money, but it's up to how much you want to spend. For instance, I can offer you a simple sound card+AD700s for gaming and you can splurge on a DAC+Nice headphones for music or I could make you throw out for the Essence ST + DT880s and then a DAC+Headphones for music.

You could look at the Sennheiser 650s, Denon D5000. Meh..there's just too many choices with no real budget.

Or I could make you splurge on the HD800s for 1500 dollars. See what I mean about no budget?
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Originally Posted by Simca View Post
Skipped that last 2 pages after reading the first. Couldn't be bothered.

OP. You say you don't have a budget, but I can waste all of your money if you really had no budget.

You seem to be heavily into bass and at the same time want great gaming headphones.

My suggestion is you buy 2 separate headphones. 1 for gaming 1 for music.

Problem is, you CAN spend a lot and I have no qualms wasting your money, but it's up to how much you want to spend. For instance, I can offer you a simple sound card+AD700s for gaming and you can splurge on a DAC+Nice headphones for music or I could make you throw out for the Essence ST + DT880s and then a DAC+Headphones for music.

You could look at the Sennheiser 650s, Denon D5000. Meh..there's just too many choices with no real budget.

Or I could make you splurge on the HD800s for 1500 dollars. See what I mean about no budget?
Ohai, I skipped reading your post. lawl. But seriously, you always say skipped the x pages. Not that I have a problem with
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I'd go with the HT | OMEGA CLARO Plus+ over the Asus Xonar Essence STX. Asus's Win 7 64 drivers are not very matured, and sound ever-so-slightly flat/tinny/metallic. That is why I returned mine for a refund after a weekend of testing.

The Omega Claro has much better drivers and it also natively supports DTS. The STX only allows for DTS SPDIF pass through which requires a third party decoder (home theatre receiver, etc).
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Ohai, I skipped reading your post. lawl. But seriously, you always say skipped the x pages. Not that I have a problem with
Typically skip pages when I see a lot of crap recommended or stuff not related to the OP or people going at each other about nothing important.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Interpolation View Post
I'd go with the HT | OMEGA CLARO Plus+ over the Asus Xonar Essence STX. Asus's Win 7 64 drivers are not very matured, and sound ever-so-slightly flat/tinny/metallic. That is why I returned mine for a refund after a weekend of testing.

The Omega Claro has much better drivers and it also natively supports DTS. The STX only allows for DTS SPDIF pass through which requires a third party decoder (home theatre receiver, etc).
Could not disagree with this post anymore. The Asus cards don't at all sound flat or metalic or however else he's described it.

HT Omega cards, while a good choice, don't have the best drivers.
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Originally Posted by Simca View Post
Typically skip pages when I see a lot of crap recommended or stuff not related to the OP or people going at each other about nothing important.



Could not disagree with this post anymore. The Asus cards don't at all sound flat or metalic or however else he's described it.

HT Omega cards, while a good choice, don't have the best drivers.
I see an argument coming on. However, to forgo it, I will give you this. Sound, as it is interpreted by the listener, is very transparent. Every detail and nuance is seen and heard differently by different people. The Xonar may sound much better than the HT to people like me, I've owned both, or it could be quite the opposite.
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With such a high budget, I think you should get a receiver. FYI a DAC is just a Digital to Analog converter. An external DAC is the DAC as a separate component. You would need a DAC, preamp, amp, and some other things. A receiver has all the components you need. You can use on board audio and get great quality. A stereo receiver is another option. Harman Kardon has a great stereo receiver. Onkyo has a couple too. Stereo receivers have a weak RMS output usually. Harman Kardon however has a high RMS. Anything as low as 50 though for the RMS can be usable depending on what you get.

Edit- Stereo can only take, obviously, stereo, 2.1 or 2.0. If you need 3.0 or more (3.0 means 2 side and 1 center), you'll need an A/V Receiver.
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I see an argument coming on. However, to forgo it, I will give you this. Sound, as it is interpreted by the listener, is very transparent. Every detail and nuance is seen and heard differently by different people. The Xonar may sound much better than the HT to people like me, I've owned both, or it could be quite the opposite.
No argument from me. If you look at the specs, the ST/X uses a better DAC than the HT Omegas. It uses the TI Dac vs the HT's AK DAC. The Omega uses some loony dual polar opamps which they say is superior, but really makes no noticeable difference. They both use the same chipset. The ST is less of a bother when switching between high imp and low imp hps. The ST gets it's power directly from the power supply.

Anyway g2g.
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post #38 of 139
Thread Starter 
1. Ok so if I was to get audio technica ath-a700 what Pre Amp, Amp and DAC do you recommend.

2. Also my onboard sound on my 890FX is 8 Channel 7.1 Surround Sound but I also have Coaxial and S/PDIF

3. Would I need another sound card or would my onboard do ok.

4. You also metioned something about a reciever. Is that the Pre Amp, Amp and DAC all in one?

I really appreciate all the responses. Here in a bit I will go through the thread again and distribute out all the reputation that I need to give to people that assisted me.
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post #39 of 139
If you're buying A700s, you don't need any Amplification. A simple Xonar DX or Titanium HD will suffice (depending on gaming to music ratio. If Gaming the HD if music the DX).
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post #40 of 139
Quote:
Originally Posted by Simca View Post
Skipped that last 2 pages after reading the first. Couldn't be bothered.

OP. You say you don't have a budget, but I can waste all of your money if you really had no budget.

You seem to be heavily into bass and at the same time want great gaming headphones.

My suggestion is you buy 2 separate headphones. 1 for gaming 1 for music.

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You could look at the Sennheiser 650s, Denon D5000. Meh..there's just too many choices with no real budget.

Or I could make you splurge on the HD800s for 1500 dollars. See what I mean about no budget?

I agree 2 headphone, 1 for gaming 1 for music. Also get a good Headphone amp. an external Dac for music, and a good soundcard for gaming.
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